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Ducey offers minimum comment on minimum-wage lawsuit

Posted by   /  December 20, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

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Gov. Doug Ducey opposed the minimum-wage increase, but is mum on whether he supports a lawsuit that challenges it By Mary Jo Pitzl | The Republic Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declined to answer whether he supports a lawsuit challenging the state’s new minimum wage. Business groups are suing to overturn Prop. 206, which passed with […]

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Some fired Arizona state workers might get jobs back after appeal

Posted by   /  December 2, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Craig Harris | The Republic At least 210 state employees who were fired may get some holiday cheer and get their jobs back as the review process is underway. Officials will look at legality and justification of firings. Henry Darwin, the governor’s chief operating officer, told The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com he will be […]

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Judge suspends rule expanding overtime for millions of workers; Rose Law Group employment law attorney David Weissman analyzes the situation

Posted by   /  November 23, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Noam Scheiber | The New York Times A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Tuesday against an Obama administration regulation expanding by millions the number of workers who would be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. The regulation was scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1. It would raise the salary limit […]

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Judge dismisses much of cities’ challenge to fringe benefits law

Posted by   /  November 17, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A judge has thrown out part of the challenge to a new state law that bars cities and towns from telling private employers what fringe benefits and paid time off they have to provide for workers. In a ruling released Wednesday, Maricopa County Superior Court […]

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Pipeline protest draws hundreds to Flagstaff City Hall

Posted by   /  November 16, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Heidi Hommel | Special to the Arizona Daily Sun With drums beating and people chanting, the front lawn of Flagstaff City Hall looked like something from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas Tuesday night. Hundreds of people gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, holding signs that read “Oil is dead” and […]

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State Supreme Court rules state retirement plan law unconstitutional

Posted by   /  November 11, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A 2011 state law requiring employees to pay more into their retirement plans is unconstitutional, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday, meaning higher future expenses for state and local governments. In a divided ruling, the justices said that when judges took the bench they […]

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State agency shames workers by publicizing workplace arrests

Posted by   /  October 29, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Gary Grado | Arizona Capitol Times Gary Phillips was just one of almost 500 employees fired since Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries took the helm of the social-services agency. Phillips’ termination had a higher profile, though, because it came with a press release, an arrest in the office, and the accusation from […]

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Workers cite harassment, retaliation in ‘toxic’ national parks

Posted by   /  September 23, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Adam DeRose | Cronkite News National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday. The hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee followed an Interior Department report earlier this year […]

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Appeals court ruling weakens Uber driver class action

Posted by   /  September 7, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Transportation  /  No Comments

Decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applies to lawsuit challenging background check practices By Greg Bensinger and Lauren Weber | The Wall Street Journal Uber Technologies Inc. was handed a victory Wednesday in a fight with its legions of drivers after an appeals court ruled most of the contract workers must resolve their […]

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Public employee morale is bad

Posted by   /  August 23, 2016  /  Employment Law  /  No Comments

The private sector has learned the value of engaging its workers. Government needs to take advantage of that. By Howard Risher | Governing Too many public employers are missing out on something important and valuable. Government should be a great place to work. Public service should make for very satisfying careers. We know from studies […]

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